Changing the Look
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You should be comfortable using the type for-
matting tools in Photoshop Elements because
they’re very similar to those found in most
any word processing program, including the
font family, font style, and font size. The first
thing you’ll probably want to do is change the
font size. Photoshop Elements’ type tool is
automatically set to 12 or 14 points, which in
many cases will be too small. Making the type
bigger makes it much easier for you to see
how the type looks in your image. You can
also change the text alignment and text color.
All of these options are available on the text
options bar (Figure 9.12).
To change any of these attributes, you first
need to select the text characters you want
to change. Most of the time, youll want to
select and apply changes to an entire line of
text, but you can also select individual words
or even individual characters.
To select text:
1.
Click on the type layer you want to edit
on the Layers palette, or click on the type
itself with the Move tool.
2.
Select a type tool.
3.
To select the text, drag across the charac-
ters to highlight them (Figure 9.13), or
do one of the following:
Double-click within a word to select it
(Figure 9.14).
Triple-click to select an entire line of
text (Fi gure 9.15).
Tip
You can select all of the text on a layer
without even touching the text with your
pointer. Just select the type layer on the
Layers palette and double-click the T icon.
Figure 9.15 Triple-click anywhere in a line of type to
select the entire line.
Figure 9.14 Double-click within a word to select it.
Figure 9.13 To select your text, drag across it with the
text pointer.
Figure 9.12 The type formatting tools are all available
on the text options bar.
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Figure 9.19 Press the Up
and Down Arrow keys on
your keyboard to scroll
through all of the fonts
on the menu. Your type
will change appearance
as the font list scrolls.
Figure 9.18 If a font doesn’t
include style options, you
can apply a bold or italic
format with the icons on the
options bar.
Figure 9.17 Many fonts allow you to select a
style from the font style menu.
Figure 9.16 All available fonts are
listed on the font family menu.
To choose the font family and style:
1.
Select the text you want to change.
2.
From the options bar, choose a font from
the font family menu (Figure 9.16).
3.
Still on the options bar, choose a style
from the font style menu (Figure 9.17).
If the font family you selected doesn’t
happen to include a particular style, you
can click the Faux Bold or Faux Italic but-
ton to change the look of your text
(Figure 9.18).
Tip
If you haven’t memorized the look of each
and every font on your computer (and
who has?), theres an easy way to view
examples and choose the font. First select
your text; then, on the options bar, click
directly in the font family box. The cur-
rent font name will appear highlighted.
Now you can use the Up and Down
Arrow keys on your keyboard to scroll
through all of the fonts. As you scroll
through the list, your text automatically
changes to the selected font (this little
technique works with styles and sizes,
too) (Figure 9.19).
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To change the font size:
1.
Select the text you want to change.
2.
Choose a size from the type size menu on
the options bar (Figure 9.20).
To change to a type size not listed on the
menu, just enter a new value in the type
size text box. The default type measure-
ment is set to points, but you can also use
other units of measure (pixels or millime-
ters) by selecting them in the Preferences
dialog box.
Tips
You can quickly adjust the type size up
and down with keyboard shortcuts. Just
select your text and then press Ctrl+Shift+.
(period)/Command+Shift+. (period) to
increase the size in 2-point increments.
To reduce the size of the text, press Ctrl+
Shift+, (comma)/Command+Shift+,
(comma) (Figure 9.21).
To change the default unit of measure-
ment for type, select Edit > Preferences >
Units and Rulers (Windows) or Photoshop
Elements > Preferences > Units and Rulers
(Mac OS) (Figure 9.22). Here you can
select among pixels, points, and millime-
ters (mm) (Figure 9.23).
Figure 9.23 You can set type unit pref-
erences to pixels, points, or millimeters.
Figure 9.21 To fine-tune your type size, press
Ctrl+Shift+. (period)/Command+Shift+. (period)
to increase the size in 2-point increments. Press
Ctrl+Shift+, (comma)/Command+Shift+,
(comma) to reduce the font size by 2 points.
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Figure 9.20 Use the type size
menu to adjust the size of your
type. To use a size not listed,
just enter it in the text box.
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Figure 9.22 In Mac OS, Preferences is found on the
Photoshop Elements menu on the main menu bar.

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